‘Mobile’ has become a ubiquitous word in business recently, and with so many different meanings it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep them all straight. In order to understand what enterprise mobility management is one must first have an understanding of all the concepts that go into it. These include:
This is any device that one may have which enables one to work remotely. Generally used to refer to laptops, cell phones, smart phones and tablets, it can also include specialised devices such as mobile point-of-sale payment devices, (near field communication) NFC tracking and monitoring devices, Barcode scanners, etc.
A mobile application is a software application designed to run on a mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet. Many companies are now developing custom-made mobile applications for their staff which allows them to access business resources, data or functions through their mobile device, wherever they are.
Mobile device management (MDM)
Mobile device management aims to deploy, secure, integrate, monitor and manage the mobile devices which are being utilised with a company, in a manner that retains the functionality of the devices while keeping corporate data safe.
Mobile application management (MAM)
Mobile application management refers to the delivering, licensing, configuring, tracking and maintaining of mobile software applications that is done by the company.
Identity management is the identification and authentication of employees who utilise the mobile applications. It can also be used to group employees – for example by department – and give them access to specific data or applications.
Mobile security makes sure that sensitive data is encrypted and can only be remotely accessed by correctly identified and approved employees.
‘Enterprise Mobility Management’ therefore is the combination and ongoing management of all of the above. If you want to have an effective mobile workforce who can function just as well remotely as they can from the office, you need a solid enterprise mobility management framework based on a secure combination of mobile devices, applications and users.